Day Dream Dress Sewalong: Swim Top/Crop Top Hack

By Sarah | April 13, 2017 | 5 Comments

Welcome back! Your DayDream Dresses are starting to take shape and looking very lovely- I wish I could wear them all! Today, I have a special guest, Rachelle Summers, here to walk us through how to create a swim or crop top. I’ve seen Rachelle’s amazing creations frequently on social media, and I’ve always admired…

Brassie Joggers SewAlong: Lace Hack

By Sarah | June 14, 2017 | 4 Comments

Welcome back to the Brassie Joggers SewAlong! Today we are assembling our legs, and I’ve got another hack for you! See the other posts in this series here: Brassie Joggers: Supplies Brassie Joggers: Printing and Fit Adjustments Scoop Pocket Hack Jean Shorts Hack Don’t have the Pattern? Get it HERE Join the SewAlong HERE LACE…

Sewing Swimwear: Supplies

By Sarah | May 23, 2017 | 17 Comments

Welcome to the first installment in my series on Sewing Swimwear: Supplies! Before last month, the total amount of swimwear I had sewn myself totaled 1- and that 1 was an ill-fated attempt at a one piece several years ago. That suit literally disintegrated after a few uses, and so I put swimwear on the…

GreenStyle Open Back Pullover and Stride Tights

By Sarah | March 9, 2017 | 3 Comments

When I’m not sewing (or taking care of the kids, or keeping up with life), I love to run and workout. I’ve been running for seven years (took it up right before I got pregnant with my twins- THAT was a sanity saver), but just recently got into TRX training, which I do at a…

DayDream Dress Sewalong: Nursing Hack

By Sarah | April 12, 2017 | 1 Comment

  Welcome to Day 3 of the DayDream Dress Sewalong! I love seeing what we are all creating and its so exciting to see it come together! Today I’m going to show you how to construct the nursing hack. My daughter is 14 months old, and we plan to nurse for as long as we…

The Thong Song….

By Sarah | July 26, 2017 | 5 Comments

There’s a song on repeat in our house right now, thanks to my husband’s juvenile sense of humor and my sons’ unerring ability to pick up on things they aren’t supposed to hear: I didn’t anticipate adding the word “thong” to my kids vocabulary, and I hope someday they’ll forgive me for the side effects…

Porlander Shorts for Women

By Sarah | June 13, 2017 | 1 Comment

I love it when pattern designers listen to their fans! That was certainly the case with the Portlander Pants by New Horizons- as the girls version was released (see my review here), moms everywhere began clamoring for their own shorts and pockets version of the Portlander Pants! And boy, did Terra deliver! While I can…

The Family that wears Sketchy Essentials Together….

By Sarah | May 12, 2017 | 2 Comments

When people find out I sew, they often ask me if I “save money” with my hobby. Which always provokes a laugh from me because no, I don’t really save money by sewing my own clothing, a la Laura Ingalls Wilder. Making my own clothes could be economical, if one chose to do it that way…

The good kind of Clique (and a M4M Mama Ella and Greenstyle Brassie Joggers)

By Sarah | March 12, 2017 | 5 Comments

I have to be honest, I wasn’t one of the popular girls in high school. Not even close. In fact, I think they kinda hated me. But whatever! Now I’m part of new COOL clique, one that involves one of my favorite things: FABRIC! A couple weeks ago, Dhee, of the Fab Clique, reached out…

How to Gather with your Serger

By Sarah | April 7, 2017 | 4 Comments

Sergers can do so much more than just sew and finish seams! Watch this video to learn how to use your serger to gather fabric- no more pulling on long basting threads! I have the Brother1034D serger, which I purchased on Amazon here. Its a workhorse, and sews very well for the price. Full Disclosure:…

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Portlanders!

By Sarah | May 24, 2017

You know my well documented love for comfy pants (examples here and here)- it turns out I’ve managed to pass on my obsession to my children! When New Horizons put out the testing call for the girls Portlander Pants, I knew they would be the perfect summer and winter staple for Princess! There are so many…

Suit Up For Summer: Keeping Cool in the Pool

By Sarah | May 24, 2017

    School countdown is in the single digits, the temperature is rising and the flip flops are claiming a permanent spot in the doorway: summertime must be (almost) here! And that means swimming, swimming, swimming. I’ve mentioned before that it gets mighty toasty around here (triple digits!) during the summer, so cooling off in the…

Sewing Swimwear: Supplies

By Sarah | May 23, 2017

Welcome to the first installment in my series on Sewing Swimwear: Supplies! Before last month, the total amount of swimwear I had sewn myself totaled 1- and that 1 was an ill-fated attempt at a one piece several years ago. That suit literally disintegrated after a few uses, and so I put swimwear on the…

That Girl’s Got Moxi!

By Sarah | May 22, 2017

According to the Urban Dictionary, “moxie” means “sass, spunk, attitude” and can also be used to refer to  someone as a “hot chick”. I’m not sure about the latter (I’m in my 30s now, I think only my husband still says this about me), but the former certainly describes how I feel in these shorts-…

Flat Piping Tutorial and Shark Bait!

By Sarah | May 14, 2017

      I had the opportunity to sew up a few more of the prints up for preorder from Max and Meena Fabric this weekend, and I just love how they turned out! The minute I received the fabric I knew it would be a big hit with my boys, but that I also wanted to…

Lago my Tank!

By Sarah | May 13, 2017

I have something very exciting to share with you today- A FREE PATTERN! Everyone loves free, right?! Sometimes, free patterns skimp on quality, but that is definitely not the case here- the Lago Tank from Itch to Stitch is a summer staple, with impeccable drafting, excellent instructions (I would even say this would be good for…

The Family that wears Sketchy Essentials Together….

By Sarah | May 12, 2017

When people find out I sew, they often ask me if I “save money” with my hobby. Which always provokes a laugh from me because no, I don’t really save money by sewing my own clothing, a la Laura Ingalls Wilder. Making my own clothes could be economical, if one chose to do it that way…

En Garde!

By Sarah | May 11, 2017

My son O loves to fence. He picked it up earlier this year, and it has done amazing things for his self confidence, especially since it is the first activity he has participated in without his twin brother. When they are together, people tend to underestimate him since he is so much smaller, but when he…

Belle of the ball (or pool…)

By Sarah | May 11, 2017

After my last swimsuit success, I was looking forward to trying my hand at sewing another suit, this time with some really gorgeous custom swim fabric from the Magical round over at Pink Zeppelin Fabrics. When a group puts up fabrics for their strike off seamstresses, there is usually an opportunity to chime in and…

Light as a Feather…

By Sarah | May 9, 2017

I’ve been holding out on you! Sly Fox actually sent me TWO prints to work with, the first here, and the second being this gorgeous rayon spandex feather print. Its difficult to tell from the photos, but there is actually a really nice subtle stripe in the background of this print, lending it a sophistication…

Tutorial: Adding a hood to a tank top

By Sarah | May 9, 2017

Hooded tank tops are so fun, and when I sewed up a hooded tank for my son, I decided that I needed one as well! Its pretty easy to do, and saves me all that tedious neckband measuring and quartering (which I can do in my sleep, but somehow dread anyway). Want to make your own…

The Bear Family!

By Sarah | May 9, 2017

Some of my kids favorite bedtime stories are the Berenstain Bears, in which mama, papa, sister and brother bear all live, love and learn together. I love the wholesome content of these stories (unlike lego comic books, which are also a favorite), and so when I saw the Mama ,Papa, Baby and Brother bear panels at…

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